Borges, Jorge Luis.
The Aleph and Other Stories. 1933-1969
. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1978.
A collection of short stories which includes “The Captive”, a selection used in this unit. Jorge Luis Borges, as a writer, is preoccupied with the question of reality and uses the fantastical and supernatural to probe the limits of reality. This element of the supernatural makes his stories appealing to young people who enjoy reading about alternate explanations of reality.
King, Robert and E.M. DiMichael.
Articulation and Voice
. New York: Macmillan, 1978.
A communication textbook for teachers which details the physiology of the vocal mechanism, the uses of the voice and the acceptable standards for speech in the United States. This book provides methods for improving diction and articulation.
. New York: Random House, 1987.
If you want to know more about what makes good acting, this is the book to read. Written by a man, who many professional theater people consider to be the best acting coach in the United States, Meisner’s approach to acting is simple, direct, and effective.
Turner, Darwin T., ed.
Black Drama in America, an Anthology
. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett, 1971.
This anthology is an excellent choice for teachers who want to become more familiar with the work of Black playwrights. The nine plays published in this book provide a cross-section of characters who express the Black experience in America One play in this collection is particularly suited for classroom use.
Take a Giant Step
by Louis Peterson cites the experience of a Black male youth growing up in rural New England. This play, when compared with Lorraine Hansberry’s
A Raisin in the Sun
, or with James Baldwin’s
The Amen Corner
offers the student a very different point of view about growing up Black. One of the monologues in this unit was chosen from this play.